Spike in number of US sailors dying after Fukushima radiation exposure — Now over 400 veterans suffering serious illnesses — Former Japan Prime Minister breaks down crying, “This can’t be ignored any longer… The number of sick people is increasing and their symptoms are worsening” (VIDEOS)

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Kyodo, May 19, 2016: Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has thrown his support behind a group of former U.S. sailors suing the operator of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear plant… Speaking at a news conference Tuesday in Carlsbad, California, with some of the plaintiffs, Koizumi said, “Those who gave their all to assist Japan are now suffering from serious illness… I learned that the number of sick people is still increasing, and their symptoms are worsening,” he told the news conference… According to lawyers for the group, seven of its members have died so far, including some from leukemia [Three deaths had been reported as of last July].

Asahi Shimbun, May 19, 2016: Former Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi broke down in tears as he made an emotional plea of support for U.S. Navy sailors beset by health problems… More than 400 veterans who were part of a mission called Operation Tomodachi… filed a mass lawsuit in California against [TEPCO]. They are seeking compensation and an explanation for their health problems… Koizumi said: “U.S. military personnel who did their utmost in providing relief are now suffering from serious illnesses. We cannot ignore the situation.” Apparently overcome with emotion, Koizumi started crying… Theodore Holcomb [was] diagnosed with synovial sarcoma, a rare form of cancer. He died in 2014 at age 35. The Department of Veterans Affairs later cut off a study into the causal relationship between his exposure to radiation and his illness… Ron Wright, 26, worked on the deck [and] developed a swelling of the testicles and underwent surgery four times… A military doctor told him there was no relationship between his illness and exposure to radiation.

CBS San Diego, May 18, 2016: Sick sailors meet with Japan’s former prime minister… The USS Reagan sailed through a nuclear plume and crews had to spend hours decontaminating the vessel. Sailors now say they are suffering from radiation exposure. “Honestly, I just want to feel better,” said Chad Holt, who served on the USS Ronald Reagan… “A lot of people, they can’t physically see something wrong with you. They think there is nothing wrong with you. That is not the case what we are living with on a daily basis,” said Daniel Hair, who is now retired from the Navy… “I realized this is something that can’t be skipped over, can’t be ignored any longer. The three claims of being safe, cheap and clean were all lies,” [Koizumi] said.

NBC San Diego, May 18, 2016: Many of the sailors say doctors refused to connect their illnesses with the radiation exposure. “You have to experience it,” said William Zeller. “You have to experience the doctor telling you to your face. You have to experience the years of pain when everyone tells you ‘You know you’re fine.’”… “I realize this is not something that can be just skipped over and can’t be ignored any longer,” [Koizumi] said. “Everyone played a role in not shedding more light on this problem…” Koizumi said… The sailors’ attorney said they have won their case against Tokyo Electric Power Company twice, however the company has appealed the judge’s decisions. It is still unclear how exactly the sailors will be compensated…

San Diego Union Tribune, May 17, 2016: Koizumi [said] he believes the service members’ illnesses, reported to include leukemia and tumors, were caused by the 2011 exposure, despite U.S. government findings to the contrary… Koizumi said the Japanese government and [TEPCO] should support the radiation-exposed U.S troops financially and “across the board.”

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  • rogerthat

    What's behind TEPCO ban on term 'core meltdown' after Fukushima crisis?

    June 17, 2016 (Mainichi Japan)

    …The third-party investigative committee searched for the memo, which was said to be handwritten, but did not find it. The committee questioned Shimizu on two occasions over a period of about four hours, but the report concluded, "His memory has faded and clear facts could not be confirmed." …

    The third-party panel report stated that quite a few of some 55 TEPCO employees in charge of TEPCO external reports had checked the manual, and rejected TEPCO's claim that "nobody had noticed" it until its "discovery." …

  • from a distance from a distance

    The article linked below says the global market for decommissioning nuclear power plants is going to increase 36% for years 2016-2020.

    That's good; more decommissioning means more closed reactors

    " Fatal nuclear accidents of the past have put a huge question mark over the safety of nuclear power reactors. In 2011, Japan's Fukushima accident severely damaged the interest in nuclear power worldwide. "

    " The Fukushima disaster has revoked nuclear development plans in many countries. Nations worldwide are preferring renewable power technologies such as the wind and solar."

    http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20160615005040/en/Stringent-Regulations-Post-Fukushima-Accident-Create-Opportunities-Global

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  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Fukushima rice set to make first EU foray with debut in Britain
    June 19 2016

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2016/06/19/national/fukushima-rice-set-to-make-first-eu-foray-with-debut-in-britain/#.V2ad-4-cHIV

    Spreading the love ..sarcasm, of course!

  • from a distance from a distance

    Good presentation

    " Expect the Unexpected – Arnie Gundersen at CalPoly

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IWK4fTe1KVw

  • stock here: this video shows the contempt the powers that be have for us, they don't even believe that they have to feed us even good lies as they strip our most basic rights.

    We’re supposed to believe 24 hours after the shooting, police and FBI just accidentally left Omar Mateen’s apartment unlocked, doors and windows open, so all manner of press was allowed to walking around in there taking casual tours. They didn’t even put up yellow police tape.

    Seriously?
    http://www.thedailysheeple.com/video-media-casually-touring-omar-mateens-apt-24-hrs-after-shooting_062016

    • Also I figured this out. Because anyone could have entered, anyone could have placed "evidence" into the home. Therefore all chain of command of evidence is now destroyed. therefore the experts can never know the truth about this person.

      However, methinks the FBI very clearly knows the truth of this person. They put him up to it.

      • obewanspeaks obewanspeaks

        Me thinks..more shenanigans going on too.

        she·nan·i·gans
        SHəˈnanəɡənz/
        nouninformal
        secret or dishonest activity or maneuvering.
        "widespread financial shenanigans had ruined the fortunes of many"
        silly or high-spirited behavior; mischief.

  • Nick

    TDOWTF would like to express it's condolences to the planet.

    The WTF will be investigating all events from this moment forward.

    When events "don't jive", rest assured, that TDOWTF was up to their usual bullshit.

    Most hominids have no clue as to Nick's acronyms.

    So be it.

  • Nick

    I wake up each day, and someting doesn't smell right.

    I can't quite put my finger on it, but most of you will get what I am talking about.

    My ion eyes tell me.

  • Nick

    You don't have 100s of tonnes of nuclear reactor matter go awol, or do you?

    WTF?

    I don't care how much of a brain pan you have, connect the dots; spewing the contents of three nuclear reactor cores is never a good thing for any planet in the known Universe.

    The wayward energies just reverberate for eternity, something none of us has.

    Waging peace is probably the hardest lesson humans never learned.

    • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

      no exit at Pulse nightclub. One video had a person say it seemed like someone was holding the doors shut. Another video had a 'hero' who had to make a tough choice…would he or would he not make his way through the crowd in order to open the door? He DID it! Citizen heros are a big thing in disasters. Oh they love the pathos spin

  • Nick

    100 years ago, my father's father tried to wage peace.

    To all you fathers out there have done the same, thank you.

    https://afsc.org/story/origin-american-friends-service-committee

    I get war.

    I get hatred.

    I have seen rape.

    What I don't fathom, is why

    peace is so alien.

  • Nick

    Maybe I was born on the wrong planet.

    I sure hope not.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Can anyone on the bus fix the steering? Anyone?

    It's that big wheel up there. It's broken.

    I sure hope the brakes work… 😐

  • Jebus Jebus

    "This can't be ignored any longer."

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9kJUBPiMSbg

    "The number of days since 3/11/2011 is: 1927"

  • Jebus Jebus

    corium

    Japan Nuclear Expert: Simply impossible to remove melted fuel from Fukushima — Corium “has spread all over… could actually have gone through floor of containment vessel” — Only way to deal with these reactors releasing dangerous radiation is to cover in concrete — Will take centuries of work (VIDEO) – Apr 24, 2015

    http://enenews.com/japan-nuclear-expert-simply-impossible-remove-melted-fuel-fukushima-corium-spread-all-place-could-actually-gone-floor-containment-vessel-only-possible-outcome-cover-reactors-concrete-will-cen

  • Jebus Jebus

    History shows you can turbocharge climate change by releasing the largest amount of ionizing gas in history…

  • Jebus Jebus

    Nobody cares when you are apathy mongering…

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    http://enenews.com/obama-pick-to-lead-epa-is-from-office-of-air-and-radiation-in-charge-of-troubled-radnet-during-largest-fukushima-releases

    Mother Nature Network, Mar. 4 2013: President Obama has nominated Gina McCarthy to lead the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in his second term, plucking her from the agency’s Office of Air and Radiation […] While her tenure at the Office of Air and Radiation is generally lauded, McCarthy has faced some scrutiny lately. At issue is a warning her office released in March 2011, shortly after a tsunami wrecked Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. The OAR announced its RadNet air-monitoring system had detected low levels of Fukushima radiation in the U.S., but a followup report by the EPA’s inspector general found 20 percent of RadNet sensors were broken at the time, and had been for 130 days on average. The report cited subpar upkeep and lack of oversight, noting the problem “may reduce the availability and quality of critical data needed to assess radioactive threats to public health.” […]

    San Francisco Chronicle: […] a key program under her oversight has drawn sharp criticism from its internal watchdog. […] the monitoring network, known as RadNet, was in disarray when radiation began spewing from Fukushima. Fully 20 percent of RadNet monitors across the United States were inoperative, and had been for an average of 130 days.

    • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

      con't

      […] the inspector general faulted maintenance of the monitors and added that implementation of the program was incomplete and years behind schedule. It blamed insufficient oversight from the office McCarthy heads as assistant administrator for air and radiation. […] The report said that the problems “may reduce the availability and quality of critical data needed to assess radioactive threats to public health.”[…]

      See also: Gov't Report: EPA's ability to protect human health with RadNet was "potentially impaired" for Fukushima — Officials questioned why they were using "dramatically less strict" standards for radioactive contamination
      Published: March 4th, 2013 at 5:23 pm ET
      By ENENews
      Email Article Email Article
      45 comments

      HHD: DOH!

      • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

        Related Posts
        Gov’t Report: EPA’s ability to protect human health with RadNet was “potentially impaired” for Fukushima — Officials questioned why they were using “dramatically less strict” standards for radioactive contamination April 24, 2012
        Shocking Treatment of US Nuclear Whisteblowers: Sent to office in basement with rat poison after warning of Fukushima-like explosion — Another given office in storage room with drums of radioactive waste and asbestos soon after having chemotherapy (VIDEO) November 2, 2013
        TV: At height of Fukushima emergency, region in California where plume hit had NO monitors — Email shows EPA ‘decided’ not to deploy RADNET to area — Only one left broke as radioactivity began spiking — “No clue” about exposure levels (MAP) January 25, 2014
        Insider in charge of monitoring radiation at TMI says radioactive release was 100s or 1,000s of times higher than gov’t admits July 25, 2011
        One year later Forbes resumes Fukushima coverage — Jeff McMahon continues reporting on EPA and Fukushima radiation April 27, 2012
        March 4th, 2013 | Category: US

      • Except we know from the FOIA docs that they are utter liars and they knew of the threat. They are baby killing criminals against humanity and will be held accountable.

  • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

    from a distance
    June 17, 2016 at 1:03 am · Reply
    Okay everyone, there are TWO items that need your comments :

    [1] Do you think EPA's Radnet should be renewed?

    At a cost of $2,478,647 (per year)

    Submit your opinion and learn more here:

    https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/06/15/2016-14177/proposed-information-collection-request-comment-request-radnet-renewal

    NOTE: Only 9 of 130 stations are reporting Beta now according to Michael Collins, http://www.enviroreporter.com

    Hat tip on this goes to "Chase"

    DEADLINE: AUGUST 15th

    [2] Do you want the EPA to be allowed to raise radiation in drinking water from 4 mrm to 500 mrm under a new Protective Action Guide ?

    https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2016/06/10/2016-13786/notice-of-availability-draft-protective-action-guide-pag-for-drinking-water-after-a-radiological

    DEADLINE: July 25th

    DON'T PROCRASTINATE

    Hopefully you'll all submit a comment

  • TEPCO Boss says 600 tons of radioactive core is missing. I show how 195 tons was aerosolized, using EPA air data
    http://nukeprofessional.blogspot.com/p/uranium-aerosolized-into-atmosphere.html

  • I tweeted the above to TEPCO via their twitter page.

  • dunkilo

    Get ready for "aliens" introduced by a world figure…what a great time to live! However they are not from other worlds and are not here for humanity's betterment ….The end of the world as we know it is coming soon.I will be ready 🙂

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    I'm ready too ..but what of the innocents that aren't ready?
    The one's that tied the shoes of their grandchild, just now, along with musings of her as she grows.
    The one's that live in the illusion of life, that think the fields will prosper through the years.

    Oh.. Sugar Candy Mountain!
    The farm succeeds as the troughs go empty.

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    And what of those that are set up for a grand treachery of the masses?
    What care they.. when salvation awaits?

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Our family work in medicine.. there are a few ready to make that leap.
    The rest cling to life.
    Why??

    Why do they cling to the myth ..of Life so given?
    (Cling so hard that the afterlife can only be addressed in myth.)

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Ready? ready to gasp for air??

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Think I haven't heard it..?
    Oh, it's ok.. the sooner to Jesus.
    Here's one for you ..P?
    Why do I bother?
    Why do YOU bother.. with the idea it could be different?

  • Reality is that the "insurance" created by the Price-Anderson act is a joke. A meltdown at Palisades plant was estimated by US gov to cause up to 285 Billion in damage.

    The max pooled insurance for ALL the power plants in USA is 12 Billion.

    Read fact here

    http://www.nirs.org/factsheets/priceandersonactfactsheet1001.htm

  • Hey ene

    I was attacked by a member of my local community quite recently, and am dealing with the implications of having trusted this individual.

    The stress and pain I feel attributed to this is very emotionally draining, and in addition to my year of struggling and fighting to survive; it simply tolls on my ability to participate as I once had prior to these events having took place.

    I apologize if I have offended anyone with my absense or actions lately and I miss writing you all.
    Please accept my apology in its fullest integrity.
    Tg

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar PraisingJesus(Eashoa’ M’sheekha)

      TG, I'm sorry you had to go through that. I took a class in street fighting. It helps me to be less trusting and more willing to show my willing to defend myself.. She said that if you are still alive, whatever you did was the right thing.

      I feel less vulnerable with the skills I learned even if I wouldn't be much of a fighter in reality.

      I hope you find the healing you need.
      Peace

      • Thankyou pt.

        I will consider better ways to protect myself in the mean time. However I am healing in WA. And may be absent from posting for sometime. I just didn't want anyone to worry if I was away too long.
        .I myself am starting to worry about both tepxo and admin. Naturally one of them should jave spoken by now.

        Maybe silence is what makes me worry most?
        Eitherway. I will return as soon as I am able to move forward again.

        • Angela_R

          Hi Tacoma, there is so much happening in everyone's life at present that the 'mean' time is limiting most people. However there are other reasons.

          A few days ago I attended a gathering, a send off for an imperfect man; it was held as a celebration of a life that at times had manifested a caring heart. In between the laughter, there were tears. Though some of those present had been let down by that man, the forgiveness was very evident.

          I doubt if any of the four hundred present will forget that day.
          As they said good-bye, in the background, the Sound System played – ‘Rock’, at full volume.
          One of those who contributed to their entertainment has gone for a while.
          Now there is silence.

          Like many of those that attended the above, you may also need silence for reflection and healing.

          • Angela_R

            Thankyou for sharing rhese pixels of light. I want to travel to visit a friend in japans Nagano prefecture soon. Mostly Id like to make this trip a dual mission. On one hand satisfying the need to reaquaint myself with a lost friend. However another side of me wishes to explore this crisis first hand.

            I may write tepco soon to see if I can visit their facility firsthand. I know many users here have questions about the site and the specific circumstances taking place there.

            With this in mind. (When I am healed up);Id like to commit myself to this project. So in time, I will work towards this goal. (For myself and this forum).

            When I find an adequate time to make the journey, I will personally extend an oppurtunity to you all to gain any intelligence you all seek, to unanswered questions dwelling in your hearts and minds.
            I only have one life to live, i'd like this life to be important. I promised a friend Id make it important. So if its important to you all. Please allow me to extend you this oppurtunity.
            With luck this may be achievable within a years time.
            There will likely be many circumstances and obstacles to overcome in that regard. But i'd like to do this for us all. Including myself. Should the community agree its an honorable commitment and the fates allow.
            All my love and thanks again for the post…

            Sometimes I feel imperfect. So knowing that people still care regardless. Thats a beautiful thing. These words really rouched me. So…

  • No worries, get better soon.. 🙂

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    These photos of Fukushima, 5 years later look like best post-apocalyptic movie you’ve never seen
    6/20/2016

    http://www.thepoke.co.uk/2016/06/20/photos-fukushima-5-years-later-look-like-best-post-apocalyptic-movie-youve-never-seen/

    Freakier than any movie, and the Japanese government want the evacuees to move back.
    Obscene cruelty.

  • Jebus Jebus

    Hey you. Ya you. Eight pages. Yay! You made it this far.

    Still think widespread manmade nuclear waste contamination is safe?

    Now you know what they mean by whirled peas…

  • rogerthat

    http://af.reuters.com/article/energyOilNews/idAFL4N19C1S4

    Japan approves first reactor life extension since Fukushima disaster
    Mon Jun 20, 2016

    TOKYO, June 20 (Reuters) – Japan's nuclear regulator on Monday approved an application from Kansai Electric Power Co to extend the life of two ageing reactors beyond 40 years, the first such approval under new safety requirements imposed since the Fukushima disaster.

    The move means Kansai Electric, Japan's most nuclear reliant utility before Fukushima led to the almost complete shutdown of Japan's atomic industry, can keep reactors No. 1 and 2 at its Takahama plant operating until they are 60-years-old.

    Both reactors have been shutdown since 2011 and any restart will not take place immediately as Kansai Electric needs to carry out safety upgrades at a cost of about 200 billion yen ($1.91 billion). …

    • rogerthat

      http://www.greenpeace.org/japan/ja/news/press/2016/pr201606202/

      Japan’s nuclear regulator disregards post-Fukushima law to approve old reactors

      Tokyo, 20 June 2016 – Today, Japan’s Nuclear Regulatory Authority (NRA) has made its biggest regulatory failure to date by disregarding the post-Fukushima law on aging reactors in order to allow Kansai Electric Power Company (KEPCO) to meet a July 7th approval deadline for their Takahama 1 & 2 reactors.

      These reactors cannot meet the post-disaster seismic safety standards for their primary containment loop — specifically for the steam generators — within their design basis according to the utility’s own documents submitted to the NRA. It is arguing that it can change the calculations in order to meet the standards.

      “By KEPCO’s own admission, its Takahama 1 & 2 reactors fail to meet post-Fukushima seismic safety standards for critical reactor components. KEPCO is trying to get around this reality by pencil sharpening and paper exercise, which the regulator itself said cannot be done without physical tests.

      KEPCO cannot conduct those tests by the July 7th deadline, nor can they say whether those tests will confirm their hypothesis when they finally do them years from now.

      Instead of enforcing the law, which requires the permanent shutdown of these reactors if they can’t meet the deadline, the NRA has been aiding and abetting the utility in getting around it. …

      • rogerthat

        ''This goes far beyond regulatory failure. It is brazen malfeasance in order to help KEPCO, at the expense of public safety,” said Kendra Ulrich, Senior Global Energy Campaigner of Greenpeace Japan.

        This year the Takahama 1&2 reactors will be 42 and 41 years old, respectively. The approval will allow the operation of the reactors for an additional 20 years. The reactors will be the first 40 years plus to receive initial approval from the NRA under the post-Fukushima guidelines, though there are still further steps that will need to be completed.

        Globally, the mean age for reactor shutdown is 24.7 years. KEPCO has admitted that they will not be able to restart the two Takahama reactors before 2019. The NRA has agreed with the utility that it would assess the seismic resistance of key components only during pre-operational inspection – at least three years after approving the reactors as passing their guidelines.

        Last week the former NRA commissioner Kunihiko Shimazaki,also a seismologist, called on the agency to review how it assessed seismic risks(1) to nuclear plants, including those at Takahama.(2)

        He warned that the present method is “very dangerous” as it underestimates so called design basis earthquakes when applied to vertical faults, most commonly found in western Japan.

        “The NRA is going doing everything it can to ignore the earthquake risks to nuclear plants in Japan, from Fukushima in 2011 to the seismic events in Kyushu in April. …

        • rogerthat

          ''Given the known seismic risks to reactors in Wakasa Bay, including the Takahama nuclear plant, the NRA is showing itself to be incapable and unwilling to protect the people of Japan,” said Ulrich.

          The restart of the Takahama 1 & 2 reactors is being challenged by a citizens’ lawsuit filed on 14 April, which Greenpeace staff have joined as plaintiffs.

          The case argues that the NRA has failed in its responsibility to adequately assess the risks, particularly as they relate to degradation caused by aging, thus putting the public at potentially significant risk. It seeks to bar the restart of both reactors.(3)

          KEPCO has been forced to shut down the Takahama 3&4 reactors following the injunction imposed by the Otsu District Court on 9 March 2016. The utility requested a stay of execution on the injunction so that they could resume operation of these reactors, which the court denied on 17 June 2016.

  • rogerthat

    this has some really interesting stuff:

    http://www.fukuleaks.org/web/?p=15554

    Fukushima Scandal; What IS A Meltdown?
    June 20th, 2016

    • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

      Heavy stuff, right there. Makes me wonder what happened @ Daiini, too.

      Some tidbits here from Dec. 2011…Interesting cable laying went on…in the dark, no less.

      http://safetyfirst.nei.org/safety-and-security/fukushima-daini-model-of-a-safe-shutdown/

      Fukushima Daini: Model of a Safe Shutdown

      …TEPCO officials arranged for equipment, including motors and cables, to be sent via truck from its Kashiwazaki-Kariwa plant, located more than 200 miles away. The one-two punch of the earthquake and tsunami destroyed or damaged several major roads, making the equipment difficult to deliver, but the truck succeeded in reaching the facility. Using a helicopter from Japan’s Self Defense Force, TEPCO also flew in a motor from a Toshiba factory in southern Japan to help restore cooling capability.

      Workers also had to restore power by laying more than five miles of heavy electrical cables by hand, a painstaking process that typically requires machinery. This process would have typically taken 20 people two months to complete, but the workers at Fukushima Daini accomplished this task in just one day. There was a large amount of debris strewn throughout the facility’s 370 acres that workers had to remove while trying to restore electricity.

      • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

        <snip>

        “This experience reminds us of the importance of the alliance between the U.S. nuclear energy industry and Japan,” said Tateiwa. “The U.S. nuclear energy industry was the first to come to Tokyo to support TEPCO, and the Institute of Nuclear Power Operations has stationed a team that we can rely on for industry guidance. They have been extremely supportive. We’d like to share our lessons learned so that we can make nuclear power plants in both countries, and around the world, even safer.”

          • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

            lessons learned, surely one of the most grotesque couplets of the times. "uh, sorry, we accidentally kil.led 60 million people, and … uh … a billion over-all, dead or sick … so we would like to share our lessons learned so that we can play with our chemistry set here there and everywhere in the world, even safer"

            • CodeShutdown CodeShutdown

              How do you put that into a one liner? Oops, honey I k.i.l.l.e.d the kids. Dont worry dear, "lessons learned!" Next time you let loose your pit vipers, it will be even safer!

      • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

        How long does a cooling motor take to install??

  • rogerthat

    people know about this, i presume?

    http://subtitlesadd.net/fukushima-nuclear-story-2015/

    Fukushima: A Nuclear Story (2015)

    A powerful documentary that sheds some light on what really happened at the Fukushima nuclear power plant after the 2011 earthquake and the tsunami that immediately followed. A powerful documentary – shot from March 11th, 2011 through March 2015 – that sheds some light on what really happened at the Fukushima nuclear power plant after the 2011 earthquake and the tsunami that followed.

    Download English Subtitles
    Release info:
    fukushima-a-nuclear-story.srt

  • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

    Dream well ..Enenews.

  • rogerthat

    http://myshigoto.com/node/753635

    ALT – Iitatemure, Fukushima (Aug. 2016)
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  • rogerthat

    http://www.huntingtonnews.net/138716

    "They Murdered My Dad," Claims Surviving Son of Cold War Nuclear Worker

    Monday, June 20, 2016
    EDITED BY TONY RUTHERFORD FROM MULTIPLE REPORTS

    Four men worked at the Wah Chang Millersburg metals refinery in Oregon either during or after a period in which the plant handled nuclear materials (depleted uranium) from the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. The four men all developed cancer. Three of them and the family of one who had passed away filed for compensation under the Energy Employees Occupational Illness Compensation Program Act which provides a safety net for thousands of workers who worked in privately owned factories and government research facilities across the country.

    Rudy Kilgore, son of Bud Kilgore, who died of pancreatic cancer told the Corvallis Gazette-Times , " They murdered my dad and a lot of other guys out there. They murdered him and they never said a word about it, just hoping it would go away.”

    Charlene Miller, widow of Steve, believes that his pancreatic cancer came from working at the plant. She recalled that Steve spoke about he and other workers joking around the break table. "They used to sit around the break table and talk about who’s going to go out with cancer next,” she recalled. “They knew that they had it there, but they didn’t know where.”

    The Wah Chang facility reprocessed uranium as a government contractor from 1972-1973. …

    • rogerthat

      Under the Energy Employee Compensation plan residual radiation qualified those who worked there through 2011, if they developed any of 22 listed cancers.

      (Former workers at the Huntington Pilot Plant are eligible for the same compensation if they qualify.)

      However, the compensation program has been tremendously flawed resulting in happenstance lottery-like awards.

      According to the online and printed article:

      451 current or former Wah Chang workers or surviving family members have filed 672 claims. Some 302 claims representing 219 workers have been approved, and combined cash and medical benefits totaling $34.9 million have been paid (with four approved claims still awaiting payment). Another 291 claims involving 191 workers have been denied, and 79 are still being adjudicated

      The Energy Employees program lowers the dosage required to prove a claim — a determination that is lower than state worker's compensation. But, in many instances, in the name of security , employee records have been shredded at most of the facilities. Often, workers were told there was not any dangers, so they worked around rads unprotected.

      Many of the cancers have 20-25 year latency periods, so that without those shredded documents proving a worker meets the criteria becomes complex and frustrating.

      (Editor's Note: A prominent unnamed Huntington source recently told HNN about the death of a relative. Working at the HPP, he developed leukemia and "bled out" …

  • rogerthat

    http://magicvalley.com/news/uncertain-future-for-nuke-waste-agreement/article_b45318e1-016e-5651-ae63-44227cb0e0e2.html

    … others argue that the document — signed by Idaho, DOE and the U.S. Navy, and settling a lawsuit filed by the state — should remain as it is. Renegotiation could only weaken Idaho’s power to regulate DOE, a notoriously untrustworthy agency, they argue. Other states with federal nuclear research and cleanup operations can only wish they had similar sway over the feds’ actions, they say. …

  • rogerthat

    http://www.the-japan-news.com/news/article/0003026750

    Didn’t TEPCO betray Fukushima residents by not saying ‘meltdown’?

    June 19, 2016
    The Yomiuri Shimbun

    … Operator holds responsibility

    When a nuclear power plant is hit by a serious accident, residents living around the facility face severe consequences. It is the primary responsibility of the plant operator to respond appropriately.

    In such a situation, the highest priority should be placed on the safety of local residents. The operator must accurately provide local governments and residents with precise and necessary information regarding the situation the power plant is facing.

    TEPCO chose to use “core damage,” an expression that made the status of the accident unclear, instead of “meltdown,” even though “meltdown” would have clearly shown the severity of the developments the Fukushima plant was dealing with.

    The operator cannot avoid criticism for having betrayed local residents with this decision. This kind of stance taken by the utility has caused increasing distrust of nuclear power plants. …

    ief it in advance of any announcements made at press conferences, according to the latest report.

    The Niigata prefectural government, whose administrative area is home to TEPCO’s Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant, has called for uncovering the whole process of how information was manipulated, saying this is a prerequisite for reactivating reactors at Kashiwazaki-Kariwa. The government cannot…

  • rogerthat

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/20/us/decades-later-sickness-among-airmen-after-a-hydrogen-bomb-accident.html?emc=edit_th_20160620&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=11424992&_r=1

    In 1966, a B-52 bomber on a Cold War nuclear patrol exploded over Spain, releasing four hydrogen bombs. Fifty years later, Air Force veterans involved with the cleanup are sick and want recognition.

    By KASSIE BRACKEN June 12, 2016.
    Watch in Times Video 9min 53 sec

    Hydrogen Bombs' Aftermath
    This is the first of two articles on the aftermath of a 1966 crash of a United States Air Force bomber carrying four hydrogen bombs and the lingering problems it has caused for a group of American servicemen and the small Spanish village of Palomares.

    Sickness Among Airmen Decades After a Hydrogen Bomb Accident JUNE 19, 2016

    Even Without Blast, 4 Hydrogen Bombs From ’66 Scar Spanish Village JUNE 20, 2016

    Decades Later, Sickness Among Airmen After a Hydrogen Bomb Accident

    By DAVE PHILIPPS
    JUNE 19, 2016

    Alarms sounded on United States Air Force bases in Spain and officers began packing all the low-ranking troops they could grab onto buses for a secret mission. There were cooks, grocery clerks and even musicians from the Air Force band.

    It was a late winter night in 1966 and a fully loaded B-52 bomber on a Cold War nuclear patrol had collided with a refueling jet high over the Spanish coast, freeing four hydrogen bombs that went tumbling toward a farming village …

    • rogerthat

      called Palomares, a patchwork of small fields and tile-roofed white houses in an out-of-the-way corner of Spain’s rugged southern coast that had changed little since Roman times.

      It was one of the biggest nuclear accidents in history, and the United States wanted it cleaned up quickly and quietly. But if the men getting onto buses were told anything about the Air Force’s plan for them to clean up spilled radioactive material, it was usually, “Don’t worry.”

      “There was no talk about radiation or plutonium or anything else,” said Frank B. Thompson, a then 22-year-old trombone player who spent days searching contaminated fields without protective equipment or even a change of clothes. “They told us it was safe, and we were dumb enough, I guess, to believe them.”

      Mr. Thompson, 72, now has cancer in his liver, a lung and a kidney. He pays $2,200 a month for treatment that would be free at a Veterans Affairs hospital if the Air Force recognized him as a victim of radiation.

      But for 50 years, the Air Force has maintained that there was no harmful radiation at the crash site. It says the danger of contamination was minimal and strict safety measures ensured that all of the 1,600 troops who cleaned it up were protected.

      Interviews with dozens of men like Mr. Thompson and details from never before published declassified documents tell a different story. Radiation near the bombs was so high it sent the military’s monitoring equipment off the scales. …

      • rogerthat

        Troops spent months shoveling toxic dust, wearing little more protection than cotton fatigues. And when tests taken during the cleanup suggested men had alarmingly high plutonium contamination, the Air Force threw out the results, calling them “clearly unrealistic.”

        In the decades since, the Air Force has purposefully kept radiation test results out of the men’s medical files and resisted calls to retest them, even when the calls came from one of the Air Force’s own studies.

        Many men say they are suffering with the crippling effects of plutonium poisoning. Of 40 veterans who helped with the cleanup who The New York Times identified, 21 had cancer. Nine had died from it. It is impossible to connect individual cancers to a single exposure to radiation. And no formal mortality study has ever been done to determine whether there is an elevated incidence of disease. The only evidence the men have to rely on are anecdotes of friends they watched wither away.

        “John Young, dead of cancer … Dudley Easton, cancer … Furmanksi, cancer,” said Larry L. Slone, 76, in an interview, laboring through tremors caused by a neurological disorder.

        At the crash site, Mr. Slone, a military police officer at the time, said he was given a plastic bag and told to pick up radioactive fragments with his bare hands. “A couple times they checked me with a Geiger counter and it went clear off the scale,” he said. “But they never took my name, never followed up with me.” …

        • rogerthat

          Monitoring of the village in Spain has also been haphazard, declassified documents show. The United States promised to pay for a public health program to monitor the long-term effects of radiation there, but for decades provided little funding. Until the 1980s, Spanish scientists often relied on broken and outdated equipment, and lacked the resources to follow up on potential ramifications, including leukemia deaths in children.

          Today, several fenced-off areas are still contaminated, and the long-term health effect on villagers is poorly understood.

          Many of the Americans who cleaned up after the bombs are trying to get full health care coverage and disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs. But the department relies on Air Force records, and since the Air Force records say no one was harmed in Palomares, the agency rejects claims again and again.

          The Air Force also denies any harm was done to 500 other veterans who cleaned up a nearly identical crash in Thule, Greenland, in 1968. Those veterans tried to sue the Defense Department in 1995, but the case was dismissed because federal law shields the military from negligence claims by troops. All of the named plaintiffs have since died of cancer. …

  • rogerthat

    In a statement, the Air Force Medical Service said it had recently used modern techniques to reassess the radiation risk to veterans who cleaned up the Palomares accident and “adverse acute health effects were neither expected nor observed, and long-term risks for increased incidence of cancer to the bone, liver and lungs were low.”

    The toxic aftermath of war is often vexing to untangle. Damage is hard to quantify and all but impossible to connect to later problems. Recognizing this, Congress has passed laws in the past to give automatic benefits to veterans of a few specific exposures — Agent Orange in Vietnam or the atomic tests in Nevada, among others. But no such law exists for the men who cleaned up Palomares.

    If the men could prove they were harmed by radiation, they would have all costs for their associated medical care covered and would get a modest disability pension. But proof from a secret mission to clean up an invisible poison decades ago has proved elusive. So each time the men apply, the Air Force says they were not harmed and the department hands out denials.

    “First they denied I was even there, then they denied there was any radiation,” said Ronald R. Howell, 71, who recently had a brain tumor removed. “I submit a claim, and they deny. I submit appeal, and they deny. Now I’m all out of appeals.” He sighed, then continued. “Pretty soon, we’ll all be dead and they will have succeeded at covering this whole thing up.”

  • rogerthat

    hair-raising stuff, full of detail:

    http://grist.org/business-technology/fracking-produces-tons-of-radioactive-waste-what-should-we-do-with-it/

    DOWN IN THE DUMPS
    Fracking produces tons of radioactive waste. What should we do with it?

    By Jie Jenny Zou on Jun 20, 2016 Cross-posted from Center for Public Integrity

    • rogerthat

      http://wfpl.org/hot-mess-how-radioactive-fracking-waste-wound-up-near-homes-and-schools/

      Hot Mess: How Radioactive Fracking Waste Wound Up Near Homes And Schools
      By Glynis Board, Ohio Valley ReSource

    • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

      From the first link:
      "…None of these concerns was mentioned in a highly anticipated report by the Department of Environmental Protection last year that found “little potential for harm to workers or the public from radiation exposure due to oil and gas development.” The study was quickly championed by energy interests.

      Some, however, have questioned the study’s methodology and the impartiality of its author, Perma-Fix Environmental Services, a nuclear waste contractor. The state works closely with Perma-Fix to assess landfill radiation risks 1,000 years in the future.

      “We have evolved since 2013,” said state waste and radiation director Ken Reisinger, insisting there is “plenty of space” in Pennsylvania for drilling waste. “We have continued to refine our science and we continued to question ourselves on the protocols.”…"

      One of numerous statements in this article that points to unprecedented corruption in America. It's stuff like this that convinces me there is no way out.
      And then, there's this:
      "…Bill Hughes has sat on the Wetzel County Solid Waste Authority in West Virginia for 15 years — five as chairman — but he has a feeling this year will be his last…. … …A staunch fracking critic, Hughes has spoken out against the dumping of radioactive drilling waste alongside household trash in municipal landfills…."

      • HillbillyHoundDog HillbillyHoundDog

        "… …In February, Hughes, a retired electrician who belongs to the Heinz-funded FracTracker Alliance, was sued by the landfill’s operator, Lackawanna Transport Company. Lackawanna is seeking damages that “could be in excess of $1 million,” claiming Hughes illegally invoked his chairmanship of the waste authority to temporarily block the company from building a separate, lined surface pit for drilling waste in 2013. … … …"

        Yep, no way out. Ruthless. I'm ashamed to be an American.

  • rogerthat

    http://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/local_news/how-much-radiation-is-ok-in-an-emergency/article_b2eee300-1f19-5374-a83d-5f95c5df1853.html

    … Critics of the EPA proposal worry it would allow such facilities to delay cleanup of waste and contamination, which would lead to larger amounts of contamination in drinking water in the event of a radiological accident.

    “The science of radioactivity continuously demonstrates that radiation is more dangerous than we knew before,” said Daniel Hirsch, director of the Environmental and Nuclear Policy program at the University of California at Santa Cruz.

    Despite this, he said, “The actions they are proposing are in the opposite direction, to relax the standards.”

    The proposed doses are based on maximum radiation exposure over a one-year period, in contrast to a 70-year lifetime exposure calculation for the Safe Drinking Water Act, and are based on exposure to a single radioactive element, though it’s possible that several different types of harmful substances could be present in drinking water following an incident.

    The new emergency guidelines would not apply to the immediate hours and days after a disaster but to the months and years it takes to fully clean up the contamination, leaving the public to consume and bathe in highly contaminated water without violating EPA standards, Hirsch said. …

    • rogerthat

      “Most of this is designed so officials could tell you, ‘Don’t worry,’ ” he said.

      “The authorities would want to reassure people, and tell you that the levels are a fraction [of the EPA limits], but the question is, are those levels offensive?

      If someone told you it is the level that would be the equivalent of 250 X-rays a year, you might not be so reassured.”

      For some substances, the new limits are even higher. The cap for iodine-131 — small amounts of which have been found to degrade the thyroid gland — increases from 3 picocuries per liter to 10,350 pCi/L, and for strontium-90, which has been linked to leukemia, the EPA has proposed raising the cap from 8 pCi/L to 7,400 pCi/L, according to data compiled by Food and Water Watch, a Washington, D.C.-based consumer rights nonprofit. …

      • rogerthat

        When new standards were proposed by the EPA under the George W. Bush administration, experts at the agency expressed concern that they were dangerously high. The levels proposed under the Obama administration are even higher.

        “There is nothing to prevent those levels from being the final cleanup achieved,” Susan Stahle, general counsel for the EPA, wrote in 2009 in an internal document acquired under the Freedom of Information Act by the Food and Water Watch, referring to the lower caps in the Bush administration proposal.

        “The approach in this guidance is not confined to just short-term emergencies,” Stahle said, raising concerns that the proposal could “undermine” EPA Superfund cleanup objectives, “especially federal facility ones involving the DOE.”

        She said the document could easily be used as a “legal weapon” by the Department of Energy and other agencies.

        EPA employee Stuart Walker wrote in a 2007 memo to agency officials, “Concentrations are hundreds, even thousands of times higher than the MCLs [maximum contamination levels].”

        Standards suggested at the time for radioactive isotopes tellurium 129 and 127 “may lead to sub-chronic [acute] effects following exposures of a day or a week … that is, vomiting, fever, etc.,” he said.

        “The [Protective Action Guidelines] would allow the public to drink water at concentrations 200 times greater than EPA’s guidance for emergency removals,” he said, adding that the standards were even higher for some…

        • rogerthat

          Walker notes that exposure to radiation could extend to food, and shipments of contaminated produce “could greatly expand the population” affected by a radiological incident and could damage the agriculture industry in unaffected areas “if the public becomes alarmed that radioactive food is being shipped around the country.”

          Hirsh said the more lax standards could be intended to benefit the nuclear industry, which could use them to postpone or avoid cleanup requirements. Relaxing regulations speaks to the desperation of the industry, he said.

          The nuclear power industry, which for years has been lauded as the future of zero-emissions energy production, has seen 19 plants decommissioned in the past decade, according to the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

          But Jerry Hiatt, a senior project manager and health physicist with the Nuclear Energy Institute, an organization that promotes nuclear energy, said the industry in no way seeks to shirk its safety obligations. …

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